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8/27/19

Downtown In the News: June, July & August

CATCH UP ON ALL OF DOWNTOWN'S SUMMER NEWS, DEVELOPMENTS, OPENINGS & MORE!

From Left to Right: Dogtown Brewing courtesy of Marco Style, Bolt Scooters courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hotel Greene courtesy of Richmond Magazine

WHAT'S NEW

SWITCH and NAMA Bring Two Exciting, New Concepts to Arts District

No stranger to downtown, LX Group continues to show their investment, and excitement, in Richmond with the recent openings of their two newest projects: SWITCH and NAMA. SWITCH is a pop-up bar with two rotating themes and cocktail menus (one upstairs and one down) that aims to bring fun and creativity to the Arts District in a way that's never been done before. NAMA, located right next door, is a beautifully designed and executed space that specializes in Indian street fare and small plates. We got to check out SWITCH at its opening, you can read all about our first experience here.

Bolt Gives City's Transportation Needs a Boost

Bolt scooters have zoomed into downtown as the city's first official e-scooter service with more than 500 scooters hitting the streets and accessible to ride via the app. Learn more about Bolt's RVA debut from Richmond BizSense.

Oak & Apple Opens with Outdoor, Dog-Friendly Patio

What goes together better than wood chips and hard cider? Not much, according to Oak & Apple, Shockoe Bottom's newest BBQ joint. While it will definitely be known for their extensive menu of meats and drinks, their 1,500 square foot outdoor patio and bar are equally as impressive. Featuring corn hole boards and a pet-friendly area, Oak & Apple is settling in to be one of the neighborhood's favorite hang-out spots.

Hotel Greene Provides Eclectic Entertainment with Indoor Golf Course

Hotel Greene is, in fact, not a hotel, but a 1932-inspired, 13-hole mini golf course telling a story. A concept that is as confusing as it is fun, the mysterious maze comes with child-like fun and adult beverages available at the lobby bar. This downtown attraction is one to be seen for yourself and talked about for the foreseeable future. Curious for more information? Check out Richmond Time-Dispatch's article about Hotel Greene here.

Two Breweries Bring Nostalgia Back

Downtown is upping its beer game with the addition of two brand-new breweries with familiar feelings: Richbrau and Dogtown Brewing. Richbrau, located at 5 S. 20th Street, is the brand's third iteration and wants to encompass all that we have come to know and love about Richmond. From canned beers named after local vampire folklore to branding that pays respect to the city's past, Richbrau has found what elements to pick and choose from and what projects - like a rooftop deck - they hope to incorporate in the brewery's future.

For Dogtown Brewing, located at 1209 Hull Street, everything you need to know is in the name. Named affectionately after the Manchester neighborhood, the city's newest brewery offers Manchester's first rooftop bar and a great theme suitable for all the good boys of Richmond.

From Left to Right: CoStar courtesy of Richmond BizSense, Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches courtesy of Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches, Richmond Riverfront courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Hatchify's Huge Opportunity for Growth

Congratulations to the local Manchester software start-up, Hatchify, who returned home from raising $2.5 million in capital dedicated to continuing the company's growth. Read more about Hatchify's deal and plans at Richmond BizSense.

Developers Look to Make Moves in Monroe Ward

The neighborhood known for it's volume of surface parking lots may start to look a lot different dependent on rezoning. Via BizSense, buyers have set their eyes on 1st and E. Canal Streets for a possible apartment building project. While another development firm, Eagle Construction of VA, is hoping to start the construction on 21 townhomes by the end of 2020 at the nearby space, 1 E. Main Street, BizSense reports.

Hatch Kitchen RVA Continues Expansion at Clopton Siteworks

The food and beverage industry continues to prove its opportunity for growth and success in the form of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a local incubator that aims to help build and better local businesses faster. When the team at Hatch aren't helping their members, they are planning for the future. The future at Hatch Kitchen includes a 2,000 square foot event space and cafe and a food truck corral. Style Weekly catches up with Hatch Kitchen and their story in their newest Innovation issue.

CoStar to Add 100 Jobs to Downtown Workforce

Shifting its focus to more multi-family apartment unit advertising, CoStar will be hiring nearly 100 sales consultants to their downtown Richmond office. This addition will bring CoStar's Richmond office to a total of 950 employees. Find out more about the details of CoStar's expansion in Richmond from Richmond BizSense.

RiverHaus Development Planned for Riverfront

The development interest along the riverfront and in Manchester refuses to lose steam. Brickhaus Partners, an Ohio-based developer, has plans for a seven-story building that will include two levels for parking and five levels dedicated to the construction of over 100 apartments. Hoping to bring some of the best downtown views to their future residents, the RiverHaus development is set to break ground at the end of this year. Richmond BizSense digs deeper into this new development project here.

From Left to Right: Linden Row Inn courtesy of Wedding Spot, Hamilton Glass Mural courtesy of Richmond Folk Festival website, Moxy Hotel in DC courtesy of Washington Lobbyist

WHAT'S COMING

Poe-inspired Parterre is Coming to Linden Row Inn

A southern-inspired menu, cocktails honoring Edgar Allen Poe and grab-and-go grub is what you'll find at Linden Row Inn's newest restaurant concept, Parterre. Aiming for a September opening, Parterre hopes to pay homage to Poe in simple, small ways while creating their own character within the walls of their space located at 100 E. Franklin Street. Learn more about the thought and process that led the owners to Parterre in this article from Richmond Times-Dispatch.

RVA Street Art Festival is Back Downtown in 2020

In its fifth year of celebrating creativity in the city, the RVA Street Art Festival will tackle its largest canvas yet: Richmond's Floodwall. Mark your calendars for the upcoming April event and get all of the details at their website.

Tattoo Parlor, Haunted House Hybrid to Call Downtown Home

The ultimate Richmond destination is on its way to Broad Street. SinnerG, a tattoo parlor inside an art gallery inside a haunted house, plans to take advantage of this Halloween season with an early October opening. Explore this one-of-a-kind concept in greater detail via this WTVR article.

Boutique Hotel is Bringing the "Moxy" to Franklin Street

Set to open in 2020, Shamin Hotels has been leading the development at 501 E. Franklin Street, the site of the future Moxy Hotel that will feature close to 100 guest rooms and a bar & lounge. Read more about this and nine other commercial projects to watch in this article from Richmond Magazine.

Stump's Pig & Pint Prepares for Jackson Ward Opening

Opening in only a few weeks and in Jackson's Beer Garden's former space at 119 E. Leigh Street is Stump's Pig & Pint. Stump's will add to the BBQ craze in Richmond with their selection of homemade sauces and dressings, smoked meats and made-from-scratch desserts. Find out more about the owner's reasons for choosing Jackson Ward and plans for the space once it opens at Richmond BizSense.

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